In the age of pricey oil

This column made me smile:

“A full tank of gas will become a true luxury item. Stepping hard on the accelerator will seem like a crazy indulgence. Lengthy road trips will be a more decadent joy, the equivalent to a case of wine or a shiny new watch or that other wildly expensive liquid that now runs about 10 bucks a gallon, known as ‘bottled water.'”

If oil stays this expensive (and I don’t see why it would drop suddenly, the implications on how we live and work will be vast. On the plus side, the world commodities markets are doing what a thousand stern Al Gore lectures and sad polar bear cub photos have not, they are changing our environmentally destructive consumption and settlement patterns.